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Elevating Our Shared Priorities: Fall 2019 Update

In the summer of 2018, OAC released a strategic vision, Our Shared Priorities, to guide the college until 2023.

The college is now reporting back to its community for the first time, with a listing of actions, new initiatives, process changes, investments and best practices.

New Program Counsellors’ Assistant

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to welcome Ellen Clarkson as the new Program Counsellors’ Assistant. She began in the role on Thursday, December 5.  

As the Program Counsellors’ Assistant, Clarkson acts as the first point of contact for the students in the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and Diploma in Turfgrass Management programs.

Research Finds Cats’ Faces Hard to Read

Cats have a reputation for being hard to read, but new research from the University of Guelph has found that some people are veritable “cat whisperers” who excel at deciphering subtle differences in cats’ faces that reveal mood.

Women and those with veterinary experience were particularly good at recognizing cats’ expressions — even those who reported they didn’t feel a strong attachment to cats, the large study found.

Two female students smile and pose with an Instagram frame

Are we masters of change? 4th Equine Industry Symposium Recap

The opening remarks at the 4th annual Equine Industry Symposium held at University of Guelph challenged attendees to consider if they are masters of change. Akaash Maharaj, facilitator of the Nov 17th event, told the audience that if they want to become masters of change the industry must create incentives and show those in the horse industry and those at a large what change they want to see and how they want that change to happen.

New Administrative Assistant

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to announce Erin Levesque as the new Administrative Assistant beginning on Monday, November 11.  

As the OAC Dean’s Office Administrative Assistant, Levesque will provide senior-level administrative support to the Dean and will act as the first point of contact for a range of OAC’s stakeholders. She will also provide financial, human resource, and administrative support, as well as office coordination.

Equine industry symposium set to spark change

On November 17, the 4th annual Equine Industry Symposium will be hosted by the University of Guelph.

Join attendees from different areas of the horse industry to discuss the theme of "change" and what the word means for the equine community.

“With a consistently growing industry, keeping pace with change is crucial for everyone,” says Katrina Merkies, event organizer. “As part of an inclusive community we can all work toward improving the welfare of the horse.”

Prof honoured for decades of asparagus development

Prof. David Wolyn, Department of Plant Agriculture, is the University of Guelph’s Innovation of the Year award winner for 2019.

Malcolm Campbell, vice-president (research), presented the award to Wolyn for his leadership in the breeding and development of asparagus varieties that have become the most popular kinds grown in North America and that are fast gaining favour in Europe and Asia. Many believe the varieties saved the asparagus industry in North America.

Our Sympathies: Bill Szkotnicki

It is with sympathy that we share the passing of Bill Szkotnicki, Manager of IT and Computing in the Department of Animal Biosciences, on September 17, 2019. A long-standing professional staff member of the department, Bill first came to the University of Guelph in 1974 after graduating with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo.

Assistant Dean Academic Appointed

The OAC Dean’s Office is pleased to announce the appointment of Prof. Renée Bergeron in the position of Assistant Dean – Academic.

In this eight-month role, Bergeron will support the portfolio of the Associate Dean – Academic. This portfolio includes program curriculum, online program development, student academic counselling, and support of instructors on academic issues, as well as representing OAC on various academic committees.

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